RATINGS: 1142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This Special Ale is, in reality, a reconstructed exhumation of the very first ale that we ever brewed way, way back, in 1993. Brewed with a big head, a muscular malty thorax, a silky texture & all strung together with a hoppy sweet nerve sack... yum.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (13253) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2008
Beautiful dark copper colour with a tan head leaving som lace. Sweet American hop aroma, mostly on the peach and pine side. There is a hint of a sweet malty amber ale flavour, but soon enough it hits you in the head with a wonderful big and bitter hop flavour! Pine and peach all over the mouth and with a bitter grapefruit aftertaste. Yummy!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (13197) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small creamy off white head that leaves good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a sweet fruity malt with pine and light hops. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet fruit taste with a light hop and pine and nice bitter finish. Easy to drink a very good American strong ale from Lagunitas.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13175) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2008
12 oz. bottle from Wine Warehouse. Ruby red pour with a small off-white head that fades quickly to a ring around the glass. Big hops in the aroma. Very big. Resin, citrus, pine. Some earthy malts in the background. Taste is brown sugar, caramel, cassis and nuts with some lemon-citrus hops. Full bodied, smooth, with alcohol very subtle. A winner from Lagunitas!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (12918) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2008
Bottle. Reddish brown color. Malt, raisin, flowery hops in the aroma. Malty sweet raisinny flavor with a hint of tartness, red berries, oily hops and grapefruit. This beer has a somewhat vinous chharacter with some tannines. Earthy aftertaste

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12908) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2006
(22oz. Bottle) Pours a deep amber body with a large lasting beige head. Aroma of caramel, fresh baked bread, and citrus (orange, grapefruit). The flavor has a god malt base with fresh hops combined with a sweet caramel and citrus finish. This blends nicely to a soft, silky smooth dessert in a glass. An excellent beer!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12675) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours clear mahagony with a small, frothy, off-white head, somewhat lasting, good lacing. Aroma is average malt (caramel, warm bread), heavy hops (flowers, citrus, pine), light yeast (dough) with notes of brown sugar, candied fruit, and cloves. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation and a slight bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12365) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 02/02/2012. This beer is a hazy amber color with a medium white head that dissipates steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops and caramel malt. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character and notes of pine and sweet malt. The finish is hoppy with a sweet caramel aftertaste. Above average overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (12317) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2006
12oz bottle-pours a foamy off white head and red color. Aroma is crisp citrus hops-sweet. Taste is crisp citrus hops-bitter, sweet malt. OK carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12305) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2008
Bottle, bought @ lbaren, Cph. Pours a deep red with a small film head. Aroma has lots of American hoppiness as well as a light fruity edge and weak pine notes. Light caramel peeps through as well. Nice mouthfeel with lots of dryness. Great flavour, sweet caramel at first, then biscuit and maltiness before ending on a powerful dry hoppy note. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (12008) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2014
650ml bottle. Ceremonial 7001 rating. Red amber color, huge head, beaut lacing. Lagunitas ale yeast, breadiness, caramel, citrus nad dank hops in the smell. Flavor is prickly and acidic, high alpha hops that leave a medium bitterness. Lots of toasted grain, some resin. Very nicely done. Would work much nicer in thier lineup as opposed to maximus.


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